What Is Acidity?
The stomach normally secretes acid that is essential in the digestive process. This acid helps in breaking down the food during digestion. When there is the excess production of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach, it results in the condition known as acidity.
Symptoms Of Acidity
The common symptoms of acidity are
- Burning in the stomach
- Burning in the throat
- Sour taste
Home Remedies For Acidity
some of the effective home remedies for acidity are
The soothing and carminative properties of basil leaves can give you instant relief from acidity. At the first sign of gas, eat a few basil leaves or boil 3-4 basil leaves in a cup of water and let it simmer for a few minutes and sip on it.
This humble spice works as a natural antacid and can settle your stomach, by improving digestion and absorption. For relief, drink cinnamon tea to heal infections in the gastrointestinal tract.
Buttermilk contains lactic acid that normalizes acidity in the stomach. Sprinkle a dash of black pepper or 1 teaspoon of ground coriander leaves for best results.
Cumin seeds work as a great acid neutralizer, aid digestion and relieve stomach pain. Slightly crush some roasted cumin seeds, stir it into a glass of water or steep one teaspoon of cumin seeds in a cup of boiled water and drink it after every meal.
Cloves can help alleviate acidity and dispel gas due to their carminative effect that increases hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Contrary to the popular belief, acidity can be caused due to low stomach acid too.
Jaggery aids digestion and becomes alkaline in the digestive system, thus reducing stomach acidity. You can buy jaggery at most Indian or Asian ethnic grocery stores.
Fennel has carminative properties that aid digestion and help relieve stomach gas. Simply chew some aniseed after eating a heavy or spicy meal.
Banana is known to be a rich source of potassium they keep the acidity levels in check. The next time keep a banana handy, and in case of a bad bout of acidity eat an overripe banana.